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Raccolta Di Lettere Sulla Pittura Scultura Ed Architettura Scritte Da' più celebri Professori che in dette Arti fiorirono dal Secolo XV. al XVII. (Tomo II.) (Tomo III.)

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In Roma: L'Anno MDCCLIV., Per gli Eredi Barbiellini Mercanti di Libri e Stampatori a Pasquino. Con Licenza De' Superiori.

Physical Description

3 vols.; 210 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

Vol. I: viii, 339, [1] p. - Vol. II: ix, [iii], 468, [4] p. - Vol. III: viii, 412 p.


Vol. I: [T.p., dedic., imprimatur] - Al Cortese Lettore - [Text] - Indice De' nomi degli Autori di queste Lettere. - Vol. II: [T.p., dedic.] - Al Cortese Lettore - Approvazione - Imprimatur - [Text] - Indice - Tomo Primo (Secondo) Errori Corrrezioni. - Vol. III: [T.p., dedic.] - Approvazione; Imprimatur - Prefazione - [Text] - Nomi Degli Autori delle Lettere di questo terzo Tomo - Indice Delle Cose Notabili - Indice Degli Autori Delle Lettere Che si contengono nel Primo, Secondo, e Terzo Tomo.

Responsibility Note

The title-page vignettes and other decorations are unsigned.

The first volume is dedicated by Carlo Barbiellini to Cardinale Silvio Valenti; the second, by Niccolò e Marco Pagliarini to Cardinale Girolamo Colonna; the third, by Niccolò Pagliarini to Monsignor D. Andrea Corsini.


Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 3 (1999), no. 2691, p.1598-1600.

Summary Note

The publication-dates of the three volumes are given on their title-pages as 1754, 1757 and 1759. The title of the third volume omits the words 'Scritte ... al XVII.' The imprints of Volumes II and III read 'Appresso Niccolò, E Marco Pagliarini ...'.

A further three volumes were published to 1768. These are attributed to Gio. Bottari, who signs the Approvazione of these first three volumes. A seventh volume, by L. Crespi, was published in 1773; and further volumes, by S. Ticozzi, were published in 1822.

Bottari had collected books, prints and drawings for Pope Clement XII, and drawings for Cardinal Corsini, and was a friend of engravers and other artists in Rome. He had published dialogues on art and design and accounts of catacombs and the Palatine Museums before bringing out this celebrated Raccolta di lettere as a tool for art historians and biographers. The letters address not only art theory but also questions of restoration, collecting and record-keeping; and include many writings of Bottari's contemporaries.


The 1822 version was reprinted in 1979-80 (Bologna: A. Forni).


Preliminary leaves in each volume are inscribed in ink, 'Bequest of Sr A.W. Callcott.'

Binding Note

18th-century calf, gilt-decorated spines, red and green morocco spine-labels lettered 'Lettere Sulla Pittura Tom I (- III)'.


Art - Arts - Painting - Sculpture - Architecture - Theory - Europe - Italy - History - 15th century - 16th century - 17th century - 18th century
Letters - Art criticism - Europe - Italy - History - 15th century - 16th century - 17th century - 18th century
Anthologies - Italy - 18th century


Niccolo Pagliarini, publisher
Marco Pagliarini, publisher
Carlo Barbiellini, publisher
Sir Augustus Wall Callcott RA, previous owner, donor
Silvio Valenti Gonzaga cardinal, dedicatee
Girolamo Colonna di Sciarra cardinal, dedicatee
Andrea Corsini, dedicatee
Giovanni Gaetano Bottari, compiler, editor
Eredi Barbiellini (Rome), publisher, bookseller, printer
Niccolo e Marco Pagliarini (Rome), publisher, bookseller